Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Qawwali Party’

LIVE: Brooklyn Qawwali Party @ Proctors, 2/18/12

Friday, February 24th, 2012
Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The substitution of voice for musical instruments is a time-honored tradition in jazz. Vocalese and scat singing are part of the genre. Entirely substituting a vocal tradition for entirely instrumental treatment especially one from distant shores further extends the boundaries of America’s native music.

Brooklyn Qawwali Party is one such band that does this. Qawwali is a 700-year-old style of Sufi devotional music traditionally performed by a group of 10-12 male singers accompanied by a harmonium. This music was introduced to a worldwide audience through Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD by the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Brooklyn Qawwali Party is a tribute band to the singer.



Five Firsts: Brook Martinez of Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Brooklyn Qawwali Party

Brooklyn Qawwali Party

NAME: Brook Martinez
BAND AFFILIATION: Brooklyn Qawwali Party

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I can’t remember if it was Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry” or Run DMC’s “Raising Hell,” but both were seriously exciting to have on cassette. I remember being both fascinated and a bit freaked out by Dee Snider eating a big nasty piece of meat on the cover. I also remember having the vinyl of MJ’s “Thriller” and how magical the cover art was with the baby tiger and all.


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